Course #7. Quality assurance in EIA: Guide and review






This 2-day course will combine lectures delivered by the trainers, general discussions and individual and group work (see next page for course outline). It will have two main parts: the first will provide the delegates with insights into how the EIA process should be guided. This will include aspects such as writing terms of reference, adjudicating proposals from consultants and how to provide oversight to the whole EIA process. Examples from recent projects will be used to highlight the learning points.


The second part will deal with review. This will include methods and frameworks that can be used to review scoping, EIA and EMP reports; key questions to be asked and how to make decisions on the information provided in the documentation. Again, we will use examples from some of the many projects we have been involved with over the past few years.


The learning outcomes will include:

  • Participants will have a better appreciation and confidence about how to guide and review large and small EIAs;

  • Participants will be provided with some tools (templates, criteria, frameworks, decision-trees) to write ToRs, run a tendering process, adjudicate proposals, manage the entire EIA process and review the documentation;

  • Participants will be made aware of common pitfalls and how to deal with them.


Level: Intermediate to Advanced.

Participant Prerequisites: This course is primarily aimed at decision-makers and corporate EIA managers who are responsible for setting Terms of Reference, adjudicating EIA proposals and reviewing the final documents. Therefore the participants must be in positions where they carry out these tasks. They need to understand the EIA process and legal requirements.

Language of Delivery: English

Duration: 2 days (2-3 May)

Price: US$475

Min/Max: 10/35

Laptop requirement: Each participant needs to bring their laptop

Instructors: Peter Tarr, Executive Director of SAIEA (Namibia); Back-up trainer, John Pallett, SAIEA (Namibia)




Peter Tarr

Peter is a southern African with over 27 years experience, first as a conservationist and later an environmentalist involved in Environmental Assessment. For the past ten years, he has been the Executive Director of the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA). He has conducted, guided and reviewed over 100 EIAs, SEAs and EMPs for development initiatives in various sectors throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He is also involved in a number of capacity building initiatives, including developing a capacity building strategy for the pan-African network of EA professionals, conducting training needs assessments and developing and delivering a variety of training courses, mostly in African countries. He has a PhD in Environmental Management and Planning from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.



John Pallett (back-up trainer)

John has worked in the environmental field in southern Africa since qualifying with a life- and earth-science bachelor degree, and an Honours degree in Zoology. He worked as a researcher in a Museum before joining the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia where he was involved in projects relating to the management of water resources, community-based livelihoods, and doing environmental assessments of various projects.  He joined SAIEA in 2008 and plays a leading role in the compilation of Strategic Environmental Assessments and reviewing EIAs for various sectors. He is a seasoned trainer, having delivered courses in various countries and been involved in capacity building programmes in remote parts of Africa.  He has considerable experience in publishing books and guides on sustainable development and natural history themes.